Lawsuit against Professor Stole Student Investigation and fraud at the University of Millions
A professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, who resigned in January on charges of stealing students to steal a student’s investigation, secretly sold her to a pharmaceutical company. the university system.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, alleges that the investigation has already awarded more than $ 1.5 million to Professor Ashim Mitra and could bring him another $ 10 million in royalties over the next five years.
The student, then a research assistant at the university called Kishore Cholkar, developed a new method to administer drugs more effectively through the eye, according to the lawsuit. Mitra allegedly sold Cholkar research to Auven Therapeutics Management, a pharmaceutical development company based in the US Virgin Islands. UU., Without the knowledge or consent of the student or the university. The company subsequently sold the invention to Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, a pharmaceutical company in India, for $ 40 million plus royalties.
Last August, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Sun Pharmaceutical’s approval to market the patented formula in a drug called Cequa, which could generate more than $ 1 billion, according to court documents.
The lawsuit alleges that Mitra has cheated on both the former student and the university of millions. According to the University’s patent guidelines, all inventions made by employees are intellectual property.
Mitra could not be reached for comment, but denied the allegations in a written statement to the Kansas City Star: “The complaint I received this afternoon from the curators of the University of Missouri,” he wrote, “was unexpected and disappointing. alleged irregularities between me and my wife may turn out to be wrong. “
Cholkar is one of nearly a dozen students who told Star that Mitra had urged her to do inconspicuous work for him that had nothing to do with her studies, from home while his wife was away. Cholkar also told the star that he was working on a research project with Mitra and that he had not been loaned.
“That was my product, I worked day and night and yet my name was not there,” Cholkar told the star. “I was the only student working on this product, I put all my efforts into this product and I was cheated.”
The lawsuit was filed as a result of a continuing investigation into Mitra’s alleged misconduct, according to a statement from the University.
Mitra was released when charges for mistreatment of doctoral students were raised in November. He was hired as President of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division in 1994, a position he held until one year before his suspension. His resignation will take effect on March 31st.
The university said in its statement that it wants to “vigorously prosecute these claims in court”.